Being a crafter I've been to many craft shows over the years and I've been really discouraged going to them the past 10 years. Not by the quality of crafts necessarily, but by the junkie dime store booths that they are letting in probably to help cover the cost of putting on the craft show. I find it a real turn off. Less craft more junk. I can go to the flea market if I want to buy cheap sunglasses and junkie toys.
The Renegade Craft Fair sat right on the line of crafting and artistry. No junk at this fair. Yes, there may be some handmade items that are not your cup of tea, but everything was handmade and slaved over. I enjoyed looking at each booth and talking with a few of the crafters/artists. I bought a few things. An adorable gold fish dish towel, note cards with an adorable poodle on them that looks just like my Little Star, a T-shirt with a T-Rex and a Robot fighting for my son, garden bon bons for my daughter and last but not least a brain ring to help with my Halloween fetish.
I found out about this show from Twinkie Chan. Who the heck is she? She's a creative crocheter that specialized in food related items I found out about on Ravelry. I liked her patterns so much I asked hubby for her book for Christmas (makes things so much easier for hubby.) She has a blog I like to follow called Twinkie's Blargh. She mentioned she was going to be at this craft fair in San Francisco and I knew I wanted to go to the fair and to meet her. So, off I drove in hubby's gas economical car. It took my 2 hours to get there and park. It really was a beautiful drive. No traffic. No fog. No agendas other than mine. Gorgeous views. Great cheap parking. It was a day made in heaven.
I found Twinkie Chan's booth at about the hour and a half mark. Despite being harried from preparing for this show she was friendly and sweet as can be when I asked her to sign my book. She was just as adorable and cute as one would think. Just as the food she likes to capture in crochet I wanted to capture her and sit her on a cake. Oh OK maybe I do sound like a weird stalker. Really I'm not.
I'm in the middle of making two patterns from her book the Pepperoni Pizza Scarf and Gingerbread Man Scarf. I bought myself a Twinkie handmade original coffee cup cozy too. It's done and ready to make me smile. So, if you don't want to make something yourself you can buy some of her handy work. She did a beautiful job on the coffee cozy, which reminds me of a Red Velvet Cupcake.
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